HC Deb 19 January 1993 vol 217 cc171-2W
Mr. McNamara

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the number of strip searches made on female prisoners at Her Majesty's prison Maghaberry monthly since July 1992; what was the number of persons involved and the number of times each person was searched; what prison contraband, smuggled items or illegal correspondence was discovered in any search; in how many cases prisoners refused to be searched and had to be restrained while the search was being conducted; and what were the reasons for each search.

Mr. Mates

The information requested is as follows:

received for transfers from prisons in Northern Ireland to Britain from prisoners serving sentences for scheduled offences.

Sir Patrick Mayhew

Between 1982 and 1992 13 prisoners convicted of scheduled offences in Northern Ireland, made a total of 18 applications for permanent transfer to Great Britain but were unsuccessful in securing transfer. A further 10 prisoners transferred to Great Britain in the same period but as their records are now held in the receiving jurisdiction it is not known if they were convicted of scheduled offences. In addition, 20 prisoners convicted of scheduled offences applied for temporary transfer and of these 14 were transferred, normally for periods of between two and six weeks.

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